rural area of corning. neighbors say if lacey wasn't up late at night working on a computer he was out in the garden, where he planted his own vegetables and sunflowers. >> he's gone but in my mind he's still over there because i can see him working this that yard, so. >> the same yard where 9:30 last night officers served a search warrant. >> they broke. place down. they went in. >> jerry ward took these photos and. >> i was just from the corner he had up in the trees he had a gun a shotgun aimed at the house, we thought oh, god he's in there. but in the end he wasn't. >> chris lacey had been pronounced dead hours earlier. >> he was a good man, now, he's dead. hopefully patrolman will make it back. i just, that is all i can say. you know? other than god is with him.